Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wrap Up of Chargers vs Chiefs
We Chargers fans are a tough bunch to figure out. There has been so much disappointment that even success is approached with extreme caution. You see, the Chargers are once again starting the year as if it were the preseason and their record doesn't count. Also, once again, they are falling way behind a fast starting Denver team that has yet to see the loss column. So, even though it was only the sixth game of the season, most Chargers fans considered this game a "must win" game, and I must say that I agreed.
On paper, this game did not appear to be a tough matchup. Kansas City was a one win team and even lost to the lowly Raiders (sorry Raider fans, but that is what other people think, even though they beat the Eagles). What made Chargers fans worry was that the Chiefs had been competing in pretty much every game this year and had the potential of a serious rushing attack with Larry Johnson toting the rock. The Chargers were on a short week and were down about their loss to Denver. Also, the Bolts tend to struggle in KC and only beat the Chiefs by a total of two points in both of their matchups last year.
Fortunately, for the Chargers sake, they did not hang their head and they came out firing. Of course, they didn't score on their first possession (they haven't scored on their first possession in over 20 games), but they did on their second, lead by a 36 yard dash by one LaDainian Tomlinson. It sure looked good to see L.T. break free, straight arm someone and head down field.
Many aspects of the game improved last week. The defense defended the run well. The defense also picked Matt Cassell three times. The special teams didn't give up any big plays, but did block a punt and recovered it for a touchdown! The offense actually opened some holes for backs to run through. Finally, Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and Vincent Jackson had 143 yards receiving by half time. That was a Chargers team record by the way.
All that being said, Chargers fans are still skeptical. Many comments were made on San Diego talk radio over the next few days. Comments like, "We only beat the Chiefs." "I'll believe they improved if they beat the Giants or the Eagles in the coming weeks." I even heard, "Too bad we won. Maybe a loss would have gotten Norv fired!"
The way I am trying to look at it is that the Chargers went into a hostile environment, in the rain, against a divisional rival, and beat them by 30 points! 37-7 should satisfy anyone. It's not the Chargers fault that they had the Chiefs last week, just as it is not their fault that they have the Raiders this week. You can only play who shows up to play you and you have to take them seriously and give them a serious beat down if you can. Mission complete for one week.
Preview: Chargers vs Raiders The Chargers opened the year against the Oakland Raiders, on Monday Night Football. The Bolts played horribly and the Raiders looked pretty decent. Somehow, the Bolts still managed to prevail in the end. Since that time, the Chargers have lost to three very good teams (Ravens, Steelers, and Broncos), and beaten a cupcake (KC) and a pretty good Dolphins squad. The Raiders did step up and beat the Eagles, but that is the only real sign of life they have this year. They possess the worst quarterback in the NFL (JaMarcus Russell) and a defense that has talented individuals, but has not played well as a unit.
Injuries are a bigger story line in this game than who will actually win. After week one's matchup, the Chargers had seven injured players, including Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick, who is just now starting to practice again. If the Chargers can get out with a win, and with healthy players, the score won't matter a bit.
Another key injury this week is Raiders Darren McFadden. McFadden looked like the real deal in week one and would have challenged the Chargers on Sunday. Now, the Raiders are blessed with a couple more running backs that can handle the load (Bush and Fargas), but they will be ineffective if Russell can't make the Chargers respect the pass.
At this point, I feel really good about the Bolts chances to win, which is more that I can say for some of my other picks this week. Now, on to the picks!!!
NFL PICKS FOR WEEK 8!
TEXANS @ bills (Neither team very good. Bills are worse)
browns @ BEARS (Browns are even worse)
seahawks @ COWBOYS (Seahawks are banged up)
RAMS @ lions (Could be a 0-0 tie)
niners @ COLTS (Peyton Manning)
DOLPHINS @ jets (Don't bet on this one)
GIANTS @ eagles (Eagles at home, Giants are desperate)
broncos @ RAVENS (Just because I need the Broncos to lose)
JAGUARS @ titans (Vince Young)
panthers @ CARDINALS (Too much offense for Panthers D.)
vikings @ PACKERS (Maybe wrong here)
falcons @ SAINTS (Saints at home with serious fire power)
raiders 13 @ CHARGERS 34
Thursday, October 29, 2009
In 5 minutes you are not going to believe what I've just told you. This used to be one helluva country, I wonder what happened. Just you remember this: a kiss is still a kiss and a sigh may a lost try, though the fundamental things still apply as time goes by. Long after two lovers woo, continue to say, "I do!"
Who hasn't observed Cary Grant ducking for cover North by Northwest? Maybe a dingo ate your baby and I don't really mean maybe. This what you call bringing up baby? We must get beyond the iron chain of passions to be more like a great, self serving piece of art hovering in harmony void of restriction. I've seen horrors but you've no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me, you have a right to do that...but you've no right to judge me. A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember...am I talking to much? What's wrong with a perfect blend of comedy and pathos? Wouldn't the truth be adequately handled and discerned solely dependent upon the abilities of the individual? This is a tale of good and evil. It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother Love. Carry on wayward son. There may be peace when we are done. Lay your weary head to rest. Don'tcha cry no more!
Always in motion is the future. I don't think there is one word that can describe a man's life. Strange isn't it? Each person's life touches so many other lives and right now I feel like I can take on the whole empire myself. Do you have a special grudge against me? Do you feel a particularly strong resentment? is there something I've said that has caused this contempt, or is it just the things I stand for that you despise? Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night and unless you hold the chicken, bring the toast, and give me the check, you haven't broken any rules. What about the place where white picket fences and homecoming queens collide along the underside of American culture? A bit heavier I agree than volcanoes and pirates but certainly not like a waste of time arguing with a man whose lining up to be hot lunch. I just hope we don't wake up on Mars or something surrounded by millions of these little squishy guys.
Just when I was out, they pull me back in. Ken you think of a way an entire nation and it's exclusive baggage from the annals of history ken be aptly portrayed by 12 angry men? We'll always have Paris, or something based on similar events. You can't even buy a bag of peanuts in this town without someone writing a song about you. It seems the smell of napalm in the morning smells like...like...victory! You don't care about anything 'zept you. You want to persuade people that you love 'em so much they ought to love you back...only you want love on your own terms, something to be played your way, according to your rules. Do you presently possess the power of life and death? We are the music makers. We are the dreamer of dreams. If you can keep your head about you when all are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, you have been successful enough to employ the phrase in good faith, "I've got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it!"
Now remember, as long as you live, never laugh at me, laugh at anything or anyone else but never directly at me. The universe grows smaller ever day and the threat of aggression, by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. You broke my heart. You broke my heart. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. By now intelligence has been traced to a top secret Russian project through the perpetually fog shrouded wasteland below the arctic peaks of the Zhokhov Islands. Try a little tenderness with this flailing mess despite the flowery fallibility of Man and their machines. Nothing is as bad as it seems. Life is beautiful. Give me a place to sit and I may destroy it! The nothingness of existence extends over time and space stretching back to the dawn of Man unto the mind finally grasping idea. Function. Brain assimilation prepares us for the transition. Evolutionary progress proceeds through technological development rising as the new order of life.
Well, this week is designed to make all of you feel like movie savants. There are 15 movies quoted below and many of you will know all of them. Of course, I suppose this could be the most frustrating week ever as you may know the quote but just can't name the film.
Special Directions!: This week, we want you to tell us how many movies you know from the list, but only name 2! We don't want someone to come in and knock out all 15 without everyone having a chance to play. Basically, we want you to do what bosox61 does every week.
2. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
3. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
4. "My Momma always said that life is like a box of chocolates....You never know what you're gonna get."
5. "I could have been a contender."
6. "I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?"
7. "There's no place like home."
8. "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
9. "Are you talking to me?"
10. "If you build it, he will come."
11. "You can't handle the truth!"
12. "Go ahead, make my day."
13. "I'll be back."
14. "Are you a hooker? Jesus, I forgot. I just thought I was doing great with you."
15. "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a fine chianti."
There you have it movie fans! Remember, don't answer them all! Tell us how many movies you know, then see which ones have been answered, and answer no more than two quotes. Feel free to check back in tomorrow and see if we need more help.
See you next week!!!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I'll tell you what! I started playing hunches, personal favorites, and ignored statistics and tendencies. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!! NOT THIS WEEK! Well, maybe a couple of favorites, but not like last week.
Chargers vs Broncos Wrap Up:
If you have called me at half time, I would have sounded pretty confident in my Bolts. They had a small three point lead. They had already scored 20 points on what did not look like a number one defense (20 points did include one TD return on special teams). They have been a second half team all year and looked as though they would be able to handle the Broncos as long as they sured up their kick off coverage that gave up two first half touchdowns.
A funny thing happened on the way to the victory. The Chargers were unable to make the necessary adjustments in the second half and the Broncos looked like a different football team, especially on defense.
The Chargers defense did make some improvements last week. They gave up about 40 fewer yards rushing than normal even though Denver has a very good running game. That being said, it is sad to hear fans say that the Chargers stopped the run when they still gave up 100 yards on the ground. There was a time when the Bolts almost never gave up triple digits in rushing and you could hear the taunts of Section 15 chanting, "You can't run! You can't run!", throughout "the Q". Now, keeping an opponent under 140 is a good day.
The secondary played better than previous weeks. I liked the tackling skills of rookie Kevin Ellison and I believe that Antonio Cromartie had his best week by far. Of course, now Cro hurt his knee in practice and is questionable for tomorrows game. That is par for the course.
I would love to move on to next game without saying anything positive about the Denver Broncos. I would love to say that it was all the Chargers fault and it's time to fire Norv (which it is), and that Denver should feel lucky for the win! Unfortunately, I can't. The Broncos played a great second half of football. Their offense was steady and their defense was awesome on third down. They only allowed one score, a field goal, and I believe one first down on a third down play (pass interference) in the second half. Every big play, Denver's defense was in Rivers' face and gave him no time to throw. However, I would say that the play selection of the Chargers was very illogical since they were running down field routes on third and short and blitzing backers all over the quarterback.
Oh, that's right, I should probably mention that the Broncos did play pretty well on kick return, scoring twice in the first half. I guess that's pretty good.
The final thought I have about that game was the Norv Turner may have finally lost the confidence of his players. He lost the fans long ago, but the players had his back. On Monday night, the Chargers had a third and goal from the two yard line, with Tomlinson finally looking healthy and running well. Turner took Tomlinson out and inserted 5' 6" Darren Sproles. According to Norv, he called a pass play that Philip Rivers changed at the line. Rivers handed the ball off to Sproles who was stuffed. Now, you could blame Rivers for this play not working. It is true that he should have realized that the tiny Sproles may have trouble getting past the tough Denver line. However, how does the coach take out a touchdown machine like Tomlinson when at the two yard line?! Even if they wanted to run a pass play, Tomlinson would have made a play action play more effective and can also catch a pass as well as any of the receivers on the team. Just a brutal decision by Turner and the frustration was clear on L.T.'s face on the sideline. To Tomlinson's credit, after the game, he said that he would have loved to have been out there for that play, but Norv had a different play in mind and wanted to use Sproles. Coaches coach and players play.
Chargers vs Chiefs Preview:
Before the season started, I used a pen to mark this game down as a win. Now, I wish that I used erasable pen, or pencil. Not that I don't expect a Chargers win, but I am not nearly as confident as I once was. The Chargers defense is getting absolutely no pressure on the quarterback for the majority of the game. Against Denver, they had some early pressure and a sack or two. After that, Denver's line became a solid wall that the Chargers could not scale or bypass. Orton had all night to throw and did just that. Now, the Chiefs line has been as solid as Sponge Bob Square Pants. I would like to think that the Bolts could find some success pressuring Cassell. When Cassell quarterbacked for the Patriots, he had a terrible day against the Bolts and looked like a deer in the headlights for most of the game.
Looking at the Chargers roster, I see that there are still some very significant injuries and some interesting personnel changes. Williams, Jamal (DT) and Hardwick, Nick (C) are by far the most important cogs on both sides of the ball. Williams is out for the year, and Hardwick has a few more weeks on the injured list. Cason, Antoine (DB) has been replaced at nickle back by safety Gregory, Steve. Rookie Ellison, Kevin will take Gregory's spot at safety as well.
Other issues are that Merriman, Shawne is an apparent shell of his former self. He has been spelled by rookie English, Larry , but the "Lights Out" dance has yet to be seen this season. In fact, English leads the defense with a mere two sacks for the year.
As for my prediction for this week's game, I am sticking with my Chargers. However, I know that going to Kansas City is never easy and the Chiefs have competed better than their record would show.
WEEK 7 PICKS!
COLTS vs rams (Colts will not pull a Philly)
vikings vs STEELERS (May be wrong here, but home cooking is nice)
PATS vs bucs (Brady will light up the scoreboard in London. Pats 40-Love in Wimbley)
niners vs TEXANS (Don't feel too good about this one either. Niners need to get used to their new wide receiver and it could throw off the offense a little)
PACKERS vs browns (Sorry Browns, I may never pick you again)
JETS vs raiders (Raiders may very well hand Jets their fourth straight loss, but I still can't pick them)
bills vs PANTHERS (Bad game. Bills' QB out)
FALCONS vs cowboys (Another game I don't like to pick. Cowboys good at home, but defense shows up everywhere)
bears vs BENGALS (If Bengals lose, they are who we thought they were. Could happen though)
SAINTS vs dolphins (Wild Cat offense will have to dominate the time clock for Fins to win. My money is on Drew Brees)
cards vs GIANTS (Great game, but Giants embarrassed last week and they are at home.)
EAGLES vs redskins (Eagles must bounce back after embarrassing loss)
CHARGERS 38 Chiefs 20
Enjoy the games!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On the bright side, the San Diego Chargers did not lose last week! They had a bye and got to relax, hopefully get healthy, and prepare for a huge Monday night game against the Denver Broncos (5-0).
When I thought about writing this post, I figured that I would skip the "Wrap Up" part since they didn't play. Then, things started happening that, in my opinion, were note worthy.
- First of all, the Broncos battled the New England Patriots and came out with a big win. That was the only game that I cared about last week and I ended up on the short end again. Bummer. Congrats to the Broncos (I guess). Bye the way, brutal throwback uniforms!!!
- Chargers GM, A.J. Smith, called out his defense in the press by calling them "soft" and how there is "nothing positive" happening on that side of the ball.
- Next, A.J. sent another kind of message across the bow of the Bolt defense. He fired Safety Clinton Hart and re-signed Defensive Tackle Ian Scott. Hart had been a long-time starter for the Chargers and Scott had been released at the end of camp. According to Norv Turner, Scott had been injured at the end of camp and was told that they may have room for him when he gets healthy. Of course, his availability means that no other team contacted him. What does that say?
Preview of Chargers vs BroncosOn Monday night, the Chargers host the Broncos in what could be a very early "must win" game for the Bolts. This could also be a message from the Broncos that they are for real and the rest of the West should start worrying about the Wild Card. If the Broncos win this game, they will improve to 6-0 on the year and the Bolts would drop to 2-3. Yes, it is true that the Broncos had possibly the worst collapse in NFL history last year, but they can't be expected to do that again.
The Broncos started the year with fairly week opponents. They beat the Bengals on a fluke bounce at the end of the game. They beat the Raiders and the Lions, to no one's surprise. Week 4, they were expected by many to show their true colors and start to fade with their game against the Cowboys. However, they surprised the critics and beat America's Team and sat at 4-0. Even after that win, the more blame was given to Tony Romo than credit was given to the Broncos, so they had to prove themselves against another strong team, the New England Patriots.
The Pats started well, but could not stop the Broncos short pass, and power run offense and also fell to the Broncos. Now the critics are left to saying that the Cowboys and Pats are overrated and both games were in Denver. Will that play out to be true? Only time will tell. Monday night's game is is San Diego, where the Broncos have greatly struggled in recent years. That includes giving up 52 points to the Bolts there last year.
This game should be very interesting. The Broncos defense has been incredible. Giving up less than 10 points a game and smothering offenses each and every week. Their offense has been improving. They run the ball well with rookie back Knowshawn Moreno and they have had more than a decent performance from recently acquired Kyle Orton. Orton would be a Pro Bowl QB if the voting happened today.
The Chargers don't need to worry about Denver. They need to worry about themselves. The Steelers beat them like red-headed step-children (no offense to red-headed step-children). The Bolts are the worst in football rushing the ball and their defense has been horrid.
Much of the blame for the defensive woes of San Diego is that they do not get pressure on the quarterback. This is very true. However, after watching the Steelers game, I see Antonio Cromartie getting beat at the snap, not five seconds later. There seems to be much confusion with Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera's scheme. I hear that they are working on a "Rush Zone" defense that the players are just not getting. They are blowing assignments and leaving guys wide open. With the memory that last year, Brandon Marshall, of the Broncos, caught 18 passes in their first meeting with the Chargers, doesn't help anyone feel over confident going into Monday night.
That being said, I am a Chargers homer and I will always try to find a way to believe they will win! So, here is my justification for picking my Bolts again this week:
- The Broncos will not be able to keep the Chargers from scoring in the 20's at least. The Bolts passing game is too powerful and has not been shut down by anyone. Yes, Denver has great defensive backs, but the Chargers have too many weapons on offense. Look for Gates and possibly Chambers or Floyd to have big games. I would include Jackson with them but I assume that he will be covered by Bailey all night. Bailey has been playing lights out all year.
- The Broncos have been able to move the ball, but have not shown the ability to rack up very many points. My guess is that they will have to score at least 28 to beat the Bolts. Again, time will tell. That is why we watch the games.
- The Bolts are coming off a bye week and should have been able to iron out some problems and get some guys healthy. However, they will still be without Nick Hardwick and Jamaal Williams and many other players who say they are banged up, including Shawne Merriman.
Week 6: NFL Picks - Winners in all caps
texans @ BENGALS (Bengals too much offense for Texans)
lions @ PACKERS (Lions outmatched)
RAVENS @ vikings (Big challenge for Brett. Too much D?)
GIANTS @ saints (Could be wrong, but have to respect Giants D.)
browns @ STEELERS (Browns may need to complete more than 2 passes to beat Steelers)
panthers @ BUCS (Upset of the week, not that the Panthers are very good.)
chiefs @ REDSKINS (Chiefs have a chance, but on road....doubt it)
rams @ JAGUARS (More ugly football.)
cards @ SEAHAWKS (Better game. Seahawks at home are tough)
EAGLES @ raiders (No contest)
titans @ PATRIOTS (Pats are pissed)
bills @ JETS (Bills are very bad)
bears @ FALCONS (Falcons will control the ball and play tough D.)
broncos 17 @ CHARGERS 34 (Could be a pipe dream. We'll see!
Feel free to share you opinion below. I would love to discuss any game of the weekend. However, don't rag my for my picks if you won's share your own
Enjoy the games!!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Film Edition could be searching for anything that provides mental stimulus for a whole group of society. Most think fast food is the equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking and those who forget the pasta maybe condemned to reheat it. Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage: lettuce pray. It would be more than nice if the FDA stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave us the names of one or two things still considered safe to eat!
It seems we are all serious dietetic sinners. Only a small percent of what we eat nourishes; the balance goes to waste and a massive loss of energy, which means we're in the red again. We’re gonna require a continuous drip of pixie sticks, stat!
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat. Now a nickel will no longer get you on the subway, but adequate garlic may get you a seat. I'll have you know we are presently living in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons, never mind the best rapper is white and the best golfer, black...where would I start? Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types. You’ve seen ‘em! I’ve been told, repeatedly, like a hammer to the head, the material world is merely illusion...so an honest guru visualizing whirled peas, should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst realistically as they are with raw carrot juice, tofu and the slime of seaweed right? This may be a unnatural inference?
Them belly full but we hungry and hunger could be the best sauce in the world. He who distinguishes the true flavor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. One half of The Film Edition finds chopsticks frankly distressing. Who could be alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent the power of velcro, gunpowder, and the principles of poetry with a noble history extending back over 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no civilized way to capture food? Who wouldn’t grow a little weak at the scent of bread rising? Given the topic’s rise, I may flutter and flounder as a fish out of water, void of control. It's like buttah!
As for the age old, butter versus margarine debate, we may trust the sacred cow, except when contained in a human herd, more than chemists, though it is becoming a decidedly closer battle with the cattle each and every day. You are what you eat, but don’t take that the wrong way. Common sense is a medicine in compliance with the master workman. If you ken believe it, training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. The preservation of health could be seen as a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality. In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature may have intended.
There is special feeling towards fruit, no doubt, in all its glory and abundance, and, I would hasten to say, this feeling has become almost universal....we respond to strawberry fields, forever, or racing cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke on most days unless you happen to picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Hunger is one of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with any other solution.
A converted cannibal may be one who, on Fridays, eats only fishermen, much to the chagrin of the scattering villagers.
The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit, despite what may be said. A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after and yet there are but a few sights on Earth more appealing than the sight of anyone preparing food for someone they love. Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, and the grain that it nurtures. It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life. We must only turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the great and noble truth. This may or may not tie Jupiter's hands. Digestion is one great secret to life and time is the great physician splicing us all to ribbons. This is the bread of the Film Edition. Let us give thanks!
Amen, Brother Blood! Thanks again for another stupendous introduction. This week we go a new direction and focus on food in the movies! When you think about it, some of the greatest movie scenes ever have revolved around food, or meals. This fact leaves us many classic quotes that would be easy to nail of the first try. Here at Blood-N-Bolts Productions, we strive to make our clues challenging, but not impossible. So, read the movie food quotes below and see if you can name the movie they came from!
Good luck and thanks for playing, Name That Film!!!
1. "Ma'am, you've gotta understand that this is a lot bigger than any domestic problems that you may be experiencing."
2. "Medium rare? Hmmm, and aristocrat."
3. "Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?"
4. "Tastes like something I had when I was a girl."
5. "Can I just massage your thighs while you eat?"
6. "Now when was the last time you ever saw my boy throw up?"
7. "You are a human affront to all women, and I am a woman."
8. "Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast."
9. "Who can disguise, they have stars in their eyes, on this lovely bella notte?"
10. "You like your french toast crunchy, don't ya?"
Alright, let's see those answers! See if you can get credit for naming them first!
Thanks again to my pahtna bloodredsox and remember to check out the blood blog for more of his original stylings.
Thanks for playing Name That Film!!!!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Chargers / Steelers Wrap Up Week 4:
Someone once said, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. If I follow that advise, I would have to stop writing now and call it the shortest blog post of my life. Well, I don't want to do that, so I think I will simply try to find a silver lining in the storm cloud that was the Chargers / Steelers game last Sunday night.
So, what positive things can I say about my Chargers? Hmmmm. Give me a minute, I'll think of something. Ah! Here we go, there were actually some bright spots for the Bolts in this game that was nearly as close as the 38-28 final score.
- Antonio Gates is back! He dominated the Steelers in the second half and actually got the Chargers back in the game.
- Philip Rivers did manage to manufacture a couple of strong drives in the second half that pulled the Chargers within seven points in the fourth quarter.
- LaDainian Tomlinson did play, even if not much, or well.- The Chargers special teams did a wonderful job. Hester even stripped the ball on a Steelers return and carried it in for an easy score. I was shocked that no one committed a penalty during the play to bring it back.
- Neither Chargers line could do anything against the Steelers lines.
- The Charders had run only three offensive plays by the time they were down by 14 points.
- The Chargers have not scored on their first posession in the last 22 games!
- Antonio Cromartie was not losing coverage due to a lack of pass rush. It is true that the pressure was weak for most of the game, but "Crimetime" was getting beaten from the snap. He then started holding guys to make up for his lack of covering ability. I really don't think he is very good. I would like to trade him while other teams may still remember two years ago.- The Chargers defense had been known for starting slowly and then doing well late. In this game, they were pathetic the entire game. At least they were consistant.
Well, there it is. Don't get me wrong. I am not trying to take any credit away from the Steelers. They played a very good game and had it in hand in the first half. Their defense struggled in the second half but their offense had things well in hand.
Preview For Week 5:
Week 5 should be a great week for San Diego fans. None of the local teams will lose this week! The Chargers, Aztecs, and Padres do not play, therefore they will not lose!!!! The Chargers must get healthy and fix some major problems so they can come back off their bye week and face the division rival Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football!!!
Week 5 Picks: Winners are in all caps.
browns @ BILLS (Two bad teams, but too much going on in Cleveland to focus on football.)
STEELERS @ lions (Pah-Lease)
COWBOYS @ chiefs (We could see an upset here. Romo was horrible last week.)
VIKINGS @ rams (Fairy tail season will continue for at least another week.)
raiders @ GIANTS (Raiderettes would be better off playing against the Giants.)
bucs @ EAGLES (No contest, sorry aero)
redskins @ PANTHERS (Not impressed with either team, but Panters at home.)
bengals @ RAVENS (Bengals fall back to Earth this week.)
FALCONS @ niners (Tough game, could be wrong here.)
jaguars @ SEAHAWKS (Tough to play in Seattle and Hasselbeck is back)
texans @ CARDINALS (Texans defense cannot handle Cards offense.)
PATRIOTS @ broncos (Broncos can't score with the big boys. Pats will be able to score on the Denver top rated defense. This could mark the beginning of the end for the Broncos.)
COLTS @ titans (Titans are due, but don't bet against Indy in the early part of the season.)
JETS @ dolphins (Tough game, don't feel confident about this one, but I think the Jets defense is for real.)
Enjoy the games!!!